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Inca Trail Adventure

This classic trek along the Inca Trail is considered by many to be one of the great short treks of the world, and is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes. We ascend the jungle trails and cloud forests to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of these enigmatic ruins. Our trip culminates with a guided tour of Machu Picchu before heading back to Cusco.

Inclusions

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
Pick up from Cusco hotel on day 1
Expert bilingual guide for each section
Inca Trail Permit (please check availability with us at the time of booking)
Expert bilingual guide for each section
The use of a gear pack for the trek including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and head torch
Porters to carry personal gear on the trek
Group camping equipment
Private internal transportation
Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
Group medical kit
Hightlights
Trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with magnificent mountain views
Visit incredible Machu Picchu
Enjoy three hearty meals a day on trek prepared by our cooks
Journey on the train from Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $2,380
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
11 Jul 201916 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
14 Jul 201919 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
18 Jul 201923 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
21 Jul 201926 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
25 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
28 Jul 201902 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
01 Aug 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
04 Aug 201909 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
08 Aug 201913 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
11 Aug 201916 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
15 Aug 201920 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
18 Aug 201923 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
25 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
29 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
01 Sep 201906 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
05 Sep 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
08 Sep 201913 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
12 Sep 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
15 Sep 201920 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
19 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
22 Sep 201927 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
26 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
29 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
03 Oct 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
06 Oct 201911 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
10 Oct 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
13 Oct 201918 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
17 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
20 Oct 201925 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
24 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
27 Oct 201901 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
31 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
03 Nov 201908 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
07 Nov 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
10 Nov 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
14 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
17 Nov 201922 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
21 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
24 Nov 201929 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
28 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
01 Dec 201906 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
05 Dec 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
08 Dec 201913 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
12 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
19 Dec 201924 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,380
05 Mar 202010 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
08 Mar 202013 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
12 Mar 202017 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
15 Mar 202020 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
19 Mar 202024 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
22 Mar 202027 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
26 Mar 202031 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
29 Mar 202003 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
02 Apr 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
05 Apr 202010 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
09 Apr 202014 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
12 Apr 202017 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
16 Apr 202021 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
19 Apr 202024 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
23 Apr 202028 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
26 Apr 202001 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
30 Apr 202005 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
03 May 202008 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
07 May 202012 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
10 May 202015 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
14 May 202019 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
17 May 202022 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
21 May 202026 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
24 May 202029 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
28 May 202002 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
31 May 202005 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
04 Jun 202009 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
07 Jun 202012 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
11 Jun 202016 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
14 Jun 202019 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
18 Jun 202023 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
21 Jun 202026 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
25 Jun 202030 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
28 Jun 202003 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
02 Jul 202007 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
05 Jul 202010 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
09 Jul 202014 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
12 Jul 202017 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
16 Jul 202021 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
23 Jul 202028 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
26 Jul 202031 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
30 Jul 202004 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
02 Aug 202007 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
06 Aug 202011 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
09 Aug 202014 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
13 Aug 202018 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
16 Aug 202021 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
20 Aug 202025 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
23 Aug 202028 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
27 Aug 202001 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
30 Aug 202004 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
03 Sep 202008 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
06 Sep 202011 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
10 Sep 202015 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
13 Sep 202018 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
17 Sep 202022 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
20 Sep 202025 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
24 Sep 202029 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
27 Sep 202002 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
01 Oct 202006 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
04 Oct 202009 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
08 Oct 202013 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
11 Oct 202016 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
15 Oct 202020 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
18 Oct 202023 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
22 Oct 202027 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
25 Oct 202030 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
29 Oct 202003 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
01 Nov 202006 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
05 Nov 202010 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
08 Nov 202013 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
12 Nov 202017 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
15 Nov 202020 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
19 Nov 202024 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
22 Nov 202027 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
26 Nov 202001 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
29 Nov 202004 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
03 Dec 202008 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
06 Dec 202011 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
10 Dec 202015 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,460
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
This morning you will be collected from your hotel in central Cusco at 9am (please ensure you advise your reservations consultant of your pre tour hotel details if you have not booked this with World Expeditions). A first trip briefing will be conducted during the drive to the Sacred Valley. We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salcantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Next we discover the mysterious concentric circular terraces of Moray which, according to some scholars, could have been an agricultural research centre. From here we head to the salt mines of Maras. This village is a salt-producing centre that dates back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side. Due to a change in regulations, visitors are not allowed to walk through the salt mine anymore to avoid contamination of the salt. We will go to a lookout point from where we have stunning views of the salt pools. From here we will walk for about 1 hour mainly downhill to Pichingoto. Enjoy this rarely walked path and soak up the incredible setting of the Sacred Valley. Our car will be waiting for us in Pichingoto and we drive to our hotel in Ollantaytambo. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the beauty of this famous town. Overnight: Tikawasi Hotel
Day 2
Today we enjoy another day in the beautiful Sacred Valley with a tour of Ollantaytambo. During our time in Ollantaytambo we visit its remarkable temple/fortress set high on a ridge above the village. We also explore the quaint village itself with a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture.This evening we have a pre-trek briefing with our trekking guide at our hotel and prepare for the trek. Here you will receive your kitbags and jackets for your trek. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.
Day 3
You will be picked up early from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for the drive to Chilca or Piscacucho where we start our first day of trekking. At this point we meet our cooks, porters and camp staff before setting off on this famous ‘Royal Highway of the Incas’, built more than 500 years ago. The first day involves approximately five to six hours of walking. During the first few hours of walking we follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before stopping to admire the archaeological site of Patallacta 2750m (9,020ft) – an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba 3,100m (10137ft). This means we avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the Inca Trail. We will walk approx 12km (5-6 hours). Overnight: Campsite. *Important: Please be aware that, because of the Peruvian authorities' rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use.
Day 4
After breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek. We continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river - whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start the steep climb up our first pass, Warmihuañusca, which is also the highest point of the journey at 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley 3,500m (13,700ft) where we spend our second night on the Inca Trail. We will walk approx 11km (6-7 hours). Overnight: Campsite.
Day 5
Today is the longest day (eight to nine hours of walking) but also the most impressive and interesting because of the amount of archaeological complexes and cloud forest we will find as we walk. After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us over the Phuyupatamarca Pass at 3,700m (12,140ft), aptly named the ‘City in the Clouds’. We walk down along an incredibly well preserved section of the Inca Trail with great white granite slab walls and staircases all impressively set in high jungle to our final campsite at Wiñay Wayna 2,679m (8,790ft). We will walk approx 16km (8-9 hours). Overnight: Campsite.
Day 6
After breakfast we walk the last few kilometres to finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). We will walk approx 3km to the Gateway of the Sun (2 hours). Your first view of the ruins really ds take your breath away! We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary followed by time to explore this fascinating site at your own pace (with the accompaniment of the guide). We return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at your own expense). In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco where the trip concludes. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. We can arrange post tour nights in Cusco, please ask your reservations consultant for details. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of 1st July 2017 there are three time slots in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a maximum of four hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Admission is not allowed after 4pm. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavours to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.